A question I get asked is, “How do I take my thoughts captive?”
There’s no easy answer, but let’s start with a truth found in 1 Corinthians 2:6-16. “The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.”
Did you get that? The Holy Spirit reveals it to us. He searches all things, even the deepest things of God. And we, as warriors, have access to God’s wisdom.
That same Spirit is inside each of us, ready to help take those disturbing thoughts “captive.” The Spirit knows the thoughts of God and can guide us to His truth.
Romans 12:12 says that as we renew our mind, we transform. The key is to know that it begins with our mind; what we think, what we meditate on leads to what we believe.
Transformation is a process. We are better able to test and discern God’s will when we are intentional about our thought life. And if we know an opinion is hurtful to ourselves or someone else, then we are aware it’s not of God. Quite simple, yet difficult to practice.
So, what I’ve learned as a marriage and family therapist, but mostly my mistakes, is that I can’t “control” my stinking thinking. Nope. Can’t. Have not been successful. In fact, the more I try to take matters into my own hands, the hole gets deeper. And it’s quite dark and confusing down there. So don’t do what I’ve done. Just don’t.
Instead of trying to control our thoughts, why not allow the Holy Spirit to guide them? It took me a long time to figure that out. I’m still practicing because mama here has meltdowns, gets stuck in the negative thought cycle, and just loses it. Sigh.
When we allow the Holy Spirit to lead our thoughts to His thoughts, we experience freedom, which helps see difficulties from His lens. Promise. But you have to try it. Next time you get a nasty little thought, ask the Holy Spirit to take over. He’s gentle. If you need a little help getting started, just sing the Carrie Underwood’s, Jesus, Take the Wheel.
In all seriousness, use the force (Warrior Mindset #2) – it’s in you for a reason. You don’t and shouldn’t have to do it yourself. That is why we have the beautiful Helper, the Holy Spirit.
Share in the comments below how you will use Warrior Mindset #3: the Holy Spirit guides my thoughts.
Remember, you’ve got a fire within.
Fan the flame, shine bright and live fearlessly.
For God did not give you a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:6-7
Fan the flame! 🔥
Edith ~ Warrior Mama